by Amanda Stevens
I’m not the best person to blog on the subject of writing because I mostly do everything by instinct or trial and error. I never stop to analyze why, when or how, and I don’t like to follow a lot of rules. But there is one trick I’ve learned over the years that I’m more than happy to pass along, although I have a feeling it may be one of those things that doesn’t work for, well, anyone but me. Nevertheless, here we go.
So my trick is simply this: If I have a male character that is getting too verbose, I allow Clint Eastwood circa Two Mules for Sister Sara to slip into my head. To be clear, none of my characters look like Clint or sound like Clint or even speak like Clint. I’m not even a big Clint Eastwood fan. But having him 'talk' for my male characters allows me to trim their dialogue. Then I simply go back in and tweak word choice, phrasing and tags to suit my real character.
Ta-da. Tip of the day, for whatever it’s worth.
Oh, and Cillian Murphy seems to works for me, too.